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It’s a Mod, Mod World

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My car does this crazy, totally uncontrollable, quirky lil’ thing. At the first sign of a thrift store, consignment boutique, estate or garage sale it suddenly veers towards the flashing open sign, screeches into a parking spot and ejects me, purse in hand, out the sunroof. Weird, I know but what am I supposed to do about it? As I see it, the best reaction is to take action. So, I limp on in and shop.

Last week, my cars totally uncontrollable ejection caused me to discover this delicious mod coat……..for $30!






Stylist Tip  ::  Blending in is easy. Make a style statement with unique garments and accessories.

Wearing  ::

Vintage Mod Coat by Lilli Anne Knit. New version here.

Wedge Heels by Nine West

Silver Clutch has no name and was found at a yard sale but checkout this one.

Sunnies by Kate Spade

Pearls & Rhinestone Jewelry from estate sales and my grandma

Easy & Affordable Style for less than $200

Glam Gold High Heel Ice Skates

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So, here is my well thought out, quite reasonable analysis for needing glam gold high heel ice skates? Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs! Let me explain…..
Safety Needs: Medical insurance, Job security, Financial reserves, Living in a safe area……….Insurance? Check! Job Security? Yep! Financial Reserves? Got that covered! Safe area to live? Well I do fear the coyotes and snakes but I’ll still say, Check! Move ahead one level.
Social Needs: Friendship, Belonging to a group, Giving and Receiving Love…….I’m completely covered here. So many friendships with ample love flowing to and fro. Besides what friends or family of mine wouldn’t want to skate with me while I’m wearing super sweet glam gold ice skates? Proceed to the next level.
Esteem Needs: Recognition, Attention, Social Status, Accomplishment, Self-respect………..When skating (okay, let’s be honest here, when falling a lot, A LOT,  while attempting to skate) in my glam gold high heel ice skates I will receive recognition, command attention, up my social status, accomplish my goal to fall less than 17 times and have self-respect out the wazoo. Next level please.
Self-Actualization: Truth, Justice, Wisdom, Meaning……….Truth is, I would not be doing Justice to my blog readers if I didn’t use my fashion Wisdom and buy these skates. There would just be no Meaning to this style post, right?
So there! Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs perfectly demonstrates my quality reasoning for the purchase of glam gold high heel ice skates. Now where did I put my check book and car keys?

Looking Like Lucille Ball

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When I run across a beautiful vintage garment, and especially at a deal, I squeal an audible “wahoooo!”. That is just what happened when my Mom and I discovered this little number at an estate sale. The 1960’s bright pattern, elasticized wide leg pant and gently draped scoop neck top paired with the sheer bell skirt overlay is just divine. When I put it on I feel like Lucille Ball in her living room, one arm draped across the fireplace mantle, the other holding a long cigarette awaiting Ricki’s arrival. I actually tried that once. I heard the rumble of my husbands diesel truck roar down the drive. I quickly ran to our living room, propped my self up against our stone fireplace with a martini in hand. He walked in and said…………… “What the hell are you doing?” Modern men just don’t get it.








Stylist Tip  ::  If your clothing doesn’t say something…’s boring.

Wearing  ::  Vintage Dress & Jewelry, all from estate sales

Easy & Affordable Style for $ 50………..yea, really!

Fashion Forward :: One of a Kind Accessories at Estate Sales

12 Oct

Mrs. Ann Beaver,

You don’t know me. We’ve never met.  I wish we had. I understand that you were a local stylist and boutique owner…….Ann’s Place.  I recall your boutique and drove by it often. Sadly, I never stopped in. At the time, it wasn’t my style. Now, Ann’s Place, your style, classic style, is completely me. So, I thank you for sharing your personal collection of purses, belts, scarves and jewelry with me. I want you to know that I will wear them with honor, creating memories, celebrating life and fashion just as you did.


Paula Parisotto

fellow stylist & accessory maven

Style Tip  ::  Whatever happened to belt straps with removable buckles? It’s a brilliant idea! I’m feeling ultra lucky to have gotten my hands on over 20 colorful belt straps and vintage buckles. (Again, thank you Mrs. Ann Beaver) Oh, the accessorizing I’ll be able to do………but I’m having a bear of a time finding straps and buckles for you. And YOU NEED SOME too! I’ll keep looking but if you know of a good source, share. Please and thank you!

Pretty Peplum

26 Sep

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Hey………..I have a lil’ secret. Wanna know what it is?

My peplum……’s not! Well, it is BUT it was “born” a scarf.

One of the best parts of being a stylist (besides helping women look and feel their very best) is arriving home to boxes full of fab goodies on my porch. This week, Sara Smelt of Felt Evolution was kind enough to share a few of her one of kind, natural, eco-friendly, warm, breathable, soft, malleable and naturally antimicrobial scarves. Now that was a mouthful!

My design inspirations are numerous: the shapes of nature, a season, a mood, a painting, a challenge; but color is central to all my creations – I adore living life in color! – Sara Smelt

Do yourself a favor and check out her works of art. Wear as they’re meant to be….scarves……or play around as I did. You have to admit, this scarf makes a very pretty peplum.

Style Tip  ::  Learn to look at garments in ways they aren’t necessarily meant to be worn. Wear a shirt or dress backwards. Seriously, in Styling  ::  50 Shades of Grey  I wore my dress backwards because the neckline looked better underneath the blouse that way.

Morgane Le Fay Top  (similar here)::  Hillard & Hanson Skirt  ::  Felt Evolution Scarf  ::  Diega di Lucca Heels  ::  Bijoux Terner Purse  ::  The Hatter Hat  ::  BCBGMAXAZRIA Cocktail Ring  ::  Vintage Brooch & Earrings

High Heel “Obsession”

22 Sep

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Return the shoes?! I can’t talk to you when you’re being hysterical!

- Gabrielle, Desperate Housewives

stiletto maven

“Hi! My name is Paula Parisotto and I am a high heel addict.” Okay, there, I said it. I admit it. I have insatiable weakness for high heels. Stilettos, stacked heels, wedges, sling backs, mary janes, pumps, peep toes, pointed toes, closed toe, d’Orsay, T-straps, mules, boots………if the heel fits (even if it’s just a bit uncomfortable), buy it! This is not a frivolous “obsession”. I mean, there they all are, sittin’ on display,  with tongues hangin’ out like happy puppies (pun intended), just waiting for a foot to fill them. As I see it, I am just here to help. Filling my closet with high heels is my lil’ way of fueling the economy. Now, where’s my wallet?

shoe closet

Style Tip  ::  You can get a pair of shoes for $3.00 at the bowling alley.

A Day in the Trailer Park

17 Sep

Dettamoda Personal Styling

The day had finally arrived. The day I’d been waiting an entire year for. I awoke early, completed my daily chores, dressed the part and with my hubby, surrounded by the warmth of the sun, attended the Buellton Vintage Trailer Bash. Wahoooo!

I knew it would be a fun afternoon but had no idea what was to come……….amazing vintage trailers, trucks, cars, bikes and memorabilia coupled with authentic, enthusiastic and kind people finished off with a trailer park wedding. Yes, a trailer park wedding and we attended. Wouldn’t you?

1950's dress

pink vintage trailer

shabby chic trailer

vintage mini trailer

vintage bikes

marge simpson look alike

Flying Flags Trailer park wedding

Style Tip  ::  When attending a trailer park wedding, even on accident, almost any style is welcome. Just do you!

New York & Company Dress


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